Western scholarship has historically adopted a vision of contemporary aboriginal literature and art as categorizable along racial, cultural, regional and historical characteristics. This tends to homogenize and de-nationalize the tribal, while simultaneously confining the Native artist to a North American narrative of "ethnicity." The editors of this project hope to highlight and perhaps challenge these "captive" conceptions of North American indigeneity with essays from prominent scholars situated throughout the Pacific Rim whose exposures to and experiences of Asian and Pacific indigenity in all its diversity enables them to undertake refreshingly new readings of Native American writing and art.
WOMEN'S STUDIES AT MAPACA
The Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference
November 5-7, 2009
Women's Studies seeks papers, panels and roundtables that investigate and discuss any of the many overlaps between gender and popular culture. Topics include, but are certainly not limited to:
*women and the media
*women and politics
*portrayals of motherhood
*women and religion
*women writers, written women
This panel aims to engage the ways in which D.H. Lawrence and his texts relate to issues of empire, colonialism, and, perhaps more largely, those of race and alterity. Topics for the panel might include—but would certainly not be limited to—the author's reaction to and depiction of Imperial Britain or his rendering of locations, persons, or cultural elements that are particularly foreign to his own cultural identity.
Challenging the Virtual: Women's Cultural Experiences in Second Life
Ezra Pound once wrote, "Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market." As if in response, Robert Frost wrote, "Modern poets talk against business, poor things, but all of us write for money. Beginners are subjected to trial by market." How do market forces or market values function in twentieth-century English/Anglophone, American, or Canadian literature? Emphasis on literary representations of the marketplace and/or the tensions and contradictions that emerge when artists attempt to exploit the marketplace. 250-word abstracts to Steven Canaday at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Emile, Jean-Jacques Rousseau insists on a long delay in the introduction of books, especially books of fictional literature, into Emile's educational process. For Rousseau, Emile's premature acquisition of knowledge of social relations through fictional literature harms his moral education by promoting a misdirected understanding of human relationships. This panel investigates various ways in which nineteenth-century British literature approached the moral/immoral function of literature, focusing particularly on the relationship between reading and sympathy.
Please join us for the biennial John R. Milton Writers' Conference, held October 29-31, 2009, at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.
We are seeking panel and round table proposals, scholarly papers, and creative writing related (either explicitly or implicitly) to the theme of Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers: Technology and the American West. Possible topics or approaches might include, but certainly aren't limited to:
• Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers in Western American literature, history, and culture;
• Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers in American Indian literature, history, and culture;
MP Journal, an online international feminist journal (http://www.academinist.org/mp/) is currently seeking book reviews for future issues. We welcome reviews of books that are relevant to feminist or womanist issues from a variety of disciplines. Reviews must be academic in nature and provide an examination of the books' strengths and weaknesses, raising important and relevant questions about the subject under discussion. While no author likes to be overly criticized, reviewers should offer an honest appraisal of the books' argument, readability, research, and overall approach using professional language that is rich and robust without an overabundance of jargon.
The Katherine Mansfield Society is pleased to announce its first annual prize essay competition, which for 2010 is open to all and will be on the subject of: KATHERINE MANSFIELD AND D. H. LAWRENCE
Comparative studies in English, of approximately 5,000 words, should address any aspect of the literary relationship between Mansfield and Lawrence and consist of original, previously unpublished research.
The winner will receive a cash prize of £300 and the winning essay will be considered for publication in Katherine Mansfield Studies (the peer-reviewed journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society).
South Atlantic MLA Atlanta GA 11/6-11/9/2009
This panel will interrogate the upsurge of the new(?)
homicidal/suicidal religiosity in the West. Some possible perspectives are literary, sociological, artistic, or historical, and interdisciplinary approaches are always
welcome. Some possible ideas, not intended to restrict panelists but rather to spur thinking on a few possible approaches:
- the suicide bomber as Kierkegaardian hero
- religious mania as a reaction to/ byproduct of Western modernity
- leaps of technological faith: the new high-tech cargo cults (Heaven's Gate, etc)
- the faith of Abraham vs the faith of Andrea Yates
The Graduate Humanities Forum of the University of Pennsylvania invites submissions for its 10th annual conference: "Missed Connections." The one-day interdisciplinary conference will take place on Friday, February 19th, 2010 at the Penn Humanities Forum in conjunction with its 2009-2010 topic: "Connections."
ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY AND THE NOVEL
Writing Into the Profession:
Enacting and Exploring Roles of the English Scholar
September 25-26, 2009
For its fourth interdisciplinary conference in English studies, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's English Graduate Student Association asks, "What academic work are you engaged in?" This conference is designed to build a sense of community among graduate scholars by providing a forum to present ongoing research in a non-threatening and receptive academic environment. Additionally, this conference is designed to bring graduate scholars into contact with professionals who can answer questions about best practices.
Call for Papers
C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
The Penn State Center for American Literary Studies will host a state-of-the-field conference for a new academic society, C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, the first academic organization dedicated to nineteenth-century American literary studies. The conference will be held from May 20 to 23, 2010, at Penn State University, State College, PA. The theme of the conference is "Imagining: A New Century."
Session proposals and individual abstracts are due by September 30, 2009. Please see the website below for full information.
Seeking papers for a panel examining the modern American Exodus narrative at the ALA American Literature Symposium, October 8-10 2009, Savannah, GA.
Papers on any aspect of friendship in the broadest sense during the Middle Ages or early modern period are welcomed for an upcoming volume published by Walter de Gruyter Press. E-mail an abstract by July 15 to:
Professor of English
Westfield State College
Westfield, MA 01086
CFP: Unlikely Bedfellows: Unexpected Collaborations Within the Information Environment
ALISE Conference 2010 – January 12-15, 2010; Boston, MA
From the American Library Association's alignment with "Hustler" publisher Larry Flynt, to YALSA reading programs with the World Wrestling Federation, information workers have historically enjoyed – or, perhaps, tolerated – improbable partnerships and alliances. The Historical Perspectives SIG invites papers on this topic, for a panel at ALISE 2010. Papers should explore the unusual collaborations information workers in all venues or environments have built or been part of in order to accomplish their goals.
The KCIS is newly affiliated with the Society for the Study of American Women Writers and, as such, we will be presenting a panel at the SSAWW conference being held in Philadelphia on October 21-24.
Please submit 1/2-1 page abstracts on any Kate Chopin topic via e-mail by Friday, June 19, 2008. Papers will need to be presented in no more than 20 minutes.
Address any further questions to Kelli O'Brien, KCIS Conference Coordinator, at email@example.com.
According to mythographer Lewis Spence a myth explains "our relation to the universe, the environment or a social programme". In the Irish context, this definition of myth helps to understand the interrelationship between the retrieval of the Irish mythological lore and the construction of communal identity that characterised twentieth century Irish history, literature and socio-political reality. Spence's broad definition of myth, though initially referring to gods or supernatural beings, can easily be adapted to explain the construction of contemporary myths.
The deadline for submitting an abstract for the conference "Postcolonial Actualities: Past and Present" to be held at the University of Texas at Austin on October 16 and 17, 2009, has been postponed to June 30, 2009. Information about the CFP can be found in the previous posting on this site.
Sincerely, Simone Sessolo (Conference Organizer)
Fairy Tale Economies
An interdisciplinary, international conference
October 1—3, 2009
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg MS
Mindful of our own global economies, this colloquium addresses economies in fantastic literature and culture. We shall identify economy both as a theme within literatures and as a way of thinking about the value of fantastic literature itself.
1st Global Conference
Making Sense Of: Pain
Wednesday 17th February - Friday 19th February 2010
The Women's College, Sydney, Australia
in association with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Call for Papers
Pain is an inevitable aspect of the experience of all sentient beings. Many, if not all, fields of human activity have the potential to occasion pain - and much of what we do as individuals and/or collectivities involves our efforts to prevent, ameliorate, cure or avoid pain. Nonetheless, despite the unpleasantness and sometimes the agony of the experience of pain, we are also capable of enduring it. Depending on the context, we may do so willingly.
1st Global Conference
Making Sense Of: 'Care' in Health Care
Monday 15th February - Wednesday 17th February 2010
The Women's College, Sydney, Australia
In association with the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney
On the Aesthetic Legacy of Ishmael Reed:
Under this working title, Paul Tayyar (Golden West, California) and Sämi Ludwig (UHA Mulhouse, France) want to collect the views of young scholars and artists who represent yet another generation cherishing Ishmael Reed's work. After a furious start in the 1960s, Reed found a place in the contemporary African-American canon in the 1970s when some major criticism appeared on his writing. In the 1980s interest in him slackened--although we know that many young scholars in particular love his stories, his poems, and his essays.
41st Convention, NeMLA (April 7-11, 2010)
(Re)Writing Anaïs Nin and Her Diaries
You carry away with you a part of me reflected in you…
I am not different from you. I dreamed you, I wished for your existence.
INNOVATION AND THE FUTURE OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH
University of Leeds
6-7 November 2009
Call for papers
Third International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, April 6-8, 2010
The Third International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies will be held at The University of South Australia in Adelaide April 6-8, 2010. Hosted by the Hawke Research Institute and the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.
Plymouth State University
31st Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Friday and Saturday 16-17 April 2010
Call for Papers and Sessions
"Time, Temporality, History"
We invite abstracts in medieval and Early Modern studies that consider questions of periodization, historicity, and temporality. Papers may consider:
-> how people conceived of, constructed, interacted with, measured, or produced "time" in medieval and Early Modern cultures
-> how we currently construct or deconstruct history
-> how studying temporality illuminates other subjects.
CALL FOR PAPERS for two panels sponsored by the Charles Waddell Chesnutt Association at the annual South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) conference in Atlanta, GA November 6-8th 2009
For conference details, see: http://samla.gsu.edu/
CALLS (please forward to any interested parties or appropriate listserves...)
1) CHARLES W. CHESNUTT AND HUMAN RIGHTS---
Papers welcome on any aspect of Chesnutt's connections to human rights.
Signal Processing: An International Journal (SPIJ)
ISSN (Online): 1985-2339